- Judith Pieper-Köhler
(EN) WUP, Superpole Race, Race 2 - Day 3 - Pata Riviera di Rimini Round, Italy
Steady improvements at the second and last race day in Misano
The Race-Sunday of the Pata Riviera di Rimini WorldSBK round at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was a bright spot for Markus Reiterberger and his side of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team after a fairly difficult weekend. The 10-lap-sprint-race this morning didn’t go that well for „Reiti“ and he finished it in 13th position. The BMW S 1000 RR felt better during the second race, although the low grip-level with track temperatures around 45°C gave the Bavarian some discomfort.
Reiterberger had a good start into the race from 14th grid-position. He lost one position during the first lap, but after two more laps he was already in twelfth position, including one overtaking maneuver to Loris Baz. After an accurate race, he was able to get his Superbike to the finish in eleventh place.
Almost 70.000 people came to the seventh round of the FIM MOTUL Superbike world championship in Misano/Italy this weekend, amongst them were many fans, friends and family of the 25-years-old. The eighth stop of the WorldSBK will take place in only two weeks time, from 5th to 7th of July, in Donington Park, UK.
Markus Reiterberger #28, P11: „Today the day was more satisfying. Not really for the Superpole Race, but in general. I did not have a good start and I lost some positions and finally ended up in 13th place. But the second race was better. I had a good start and I had quite some fun. It was a long and hot race. I was at the limit, but gave my best and was able to hold 12th position quite long. The lap times were constant. But the track conditions again were more difficult. Unfortunately the grip on this track really is bad. We decided for a very soft tyre, softer than I had ever used up to now, but it did not help much. It was difficult for everybody today. Anyway I can be satisfied with the eleventh place. We have to keep working on the bike, although it won’t be easy. And we will have to find out why this is so difficult for me right now. My manager and riding coach Werner Daemen will be with me again in Donington Park. I hope he can help me adapting to the bike. Finally I want to thank my team. Again they have worked hard for me this weekend.“